J. Romero Banjos is a small family company, operated by Jason and Pharis Romero, in Horsefly, British Columbia.
Established in 2002, we feel grateful every day to be creating playable works of art, drawing inspiration from places old and new. The artistry isn't merely in the execution, it's also in the ideas themselves - our customers' and our own - and in that we strive to be ever changing and evolving. Each of our banjos is handmade and unique, with just enough innovation to provide a tasteful alternative to the rest. Custom orders are the norm for us.
As a builder, long-time player, and enthusiast of all things banjo, Jason is always thinking of the banjo's design and sound. After studying as a cabinetmaker and fine woodworker, he began working with the Wildwood Banjo Co.in Arcata, CA., as well as P.W. Crump Instruments and Clinesmith Guitars. Working in these shops and building a variety of instruments rounded out his experience as a luthier and developed a strong sense of instrument craftsmanship and skilled efficiency. Pharis, a graphic designer and musician by trade, joined the banjo workshop in 2007 after they married. She has since taken over the majority of the inlay and graphic design part of the business.
We'd like to say thank you to the ever evolving craftsmen and artists who inspire us.
Kevin Enoch (especially for his inspiration with the 'S' scoop, which we are now calling the Enoch scoop) • Bob Flescher (especially for his inspiration in how to make a starry night inlay move beautifully) • James Ashborn • Luscomb • L.B. Gatcomb • William Boucher • A.C. Fairbanks • William Cole • James Haynes • S.S. Stewart•
The Dobson brothers • Lloyd Loar • Orville Gibson • C.F. Martin • John & Rudy Dopyera • Alphonse Mucha • Gustav Stickley • William Morris • Charles & Henry Greene • Sam Maloof • P.W. Crump • Brooks Masten • Grit Laskin • Larry Robinson • Philippe Revel • Doug Unger • RM Anderson • OME Banjos • Clinesmith Guitars • Monty Hendricks
favorite banjo maker
James Ashborn, ca. late 1850s
1930-40's Gibsons, Martins, Nationals, and many other vintage instruments
(Will sometimes trade for banjos! Contact us)